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Welcome to our online morning service!
Spend a moment in prayer asking God to prepare your heart as we gather around His Word together.
As we begin, consider these first three questions from the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
Q. 1. What is the chief purpose for which man is made? The chief purpose for which man is made is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
Q. 2. What rule has God given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him? The Word of God, which consists of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him.
Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach? The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.
With that in mind, let’s glorify God now as He speaks to us by His Word, and as we respond to Him in praise and prayer:
God speaks: In Psalm 93 we read these amazing words about our God, especially in these uncertain times in which we live:
The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;psalm 93 (NIV 84)
the Lord is robed in majesty
and is armed in strength.
The world is firmly established;
it cannot be moved.
Your throne was established long ago,
you are from all eternity.
We respond: Let’s praise our God whose throne it shall remain and ever stand in the words of this song “Ancient of Days”.
God speaks: Jesus our Saviour offers forgiveness and mercy to all who are weary with sin and want to renew their lives before him. As the Psalmist says:
Blessed is hePsalm 32:1-2 (NIV 84)
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
We respond: Take this time to confess your sins to God, to ask for his forgiveness and to embrace you in His fatherly love, using Psalm 32 as a guide to help you to pray. After that, be assured by these words at the end of the Psalm:
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;Psalm 32:11 (NIV 84)
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
God speaks: We can have confidence that God hears our prayers and acts according to his glorious purpose and will:
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV 84)
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
We respond: Spend some time now praying for our government, the church and the families of our church, especially those known to you who need your prayers. Please check the weekly church email that contains more specific prayer items and people to be praying for in our church.
God speaks: As we prepare to hear from God’s Word as it is read out and preached, please turn in your Bibles to Psalm 2. The children can also get ready for their special children’s talk that Jared will be presenting at the same time (parents- check your emails for printable sheets for the kids):
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.Jude 24-25